Archive for June, 2011

In Honor of Pappy.






Pappy. (click on “Pappy” to read the post)

This is a blog I wrote last year in honor of my Pappy. He passed away June 25, 2010. I wanted to repost this blog in honor of him. I miss him every day, but I know I will see him again.


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Summer is HERE!! What are your favorite summer time things? Here are mine!

1. Icepops

My favorite summer time treat!

2. Visiting my family.

Sometimes a visit to Ohio.

3. The swimming pool.

David and I will never be too old to go to the pool! We love swimming!

4. Walks with my Babe.

Our favorite place to walk, the campus of West Texas University near our home.

5. Building Houses in Juarez, Mexico.
Every summer, David and I lead a team from North to build houses for the homeless of Juarez Mexico. We partner with Casa Por Cristo. It’s one of my favorite highlights of the year.

6. Cookouts with friends.

7. Blender Skittles.

8. Getting tan.

9. Going to baseball games.

10. Getting away with my hubby on our retreat.

These are mine! What are your favorite summer time traditions??

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The Perfect Body.

The perfect body, and what the perfect body says about what we worship. You MUST watch the video below!!!!!


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A couple months ago, I wrote two highly controversial and highly view blogs about sex before marriage. At the end of “Follow-Up: Why Sex Before Marriage Devalues Women,” I made the following statement:

“Finally, despite your experience or what you have seen, I promise you a healthy, redemptive marriage is possible. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of work. But I promise you it’s worth it. And for some of you, you need that light at the end of the tunnel.”.

It is only through a core belief in Jesus Christ that we have hope for this life. Hope that won’t disappoint. Motivation for everything we do. And a knowledge of who we are, outside of this that are failing and fading.

Marriage as an institution is failing. More people are getting divorced than staying together. More people are getting divorce than ever in the history of the world.

But there is a type of marriage that works. It’s what I like to call, Redemptive Marriage.

Redemptive Marriage is….

A movement in Jesus: It comes from a person who draws their life from the love, acceptence, and sacrifice of Jesus.
An action for Jesus: The act is done as worship to Jesus for what He has done, not for self pleasure or comfort.
A display of everything Jesus did for us: It mimics the work Jesus did.
A healthy marriage: It is healthy. It isn’t patriarchal, demeaning, entrapping, or abusive. It’s equal and healthy for both sides.

11 Qualities of Redemptive Marriage: (according to Kate Ritchie)

1. Mutual Sacrifice
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

2. Mutual Forgiveness
So much of marriage is forgiveness. A good marriage forgives well.

3. Mutual Repentance
In my opinion, one of the biggest tests in marriage is how well you repent. Before you are married, hidden sins and issues in your heart are just that…hidden. But marriage is like staring at yourself in a florescent lighted mirror every day. Every day is a decision to stay in the dark and withdraw. Or draw close to God and your spouse by changing your ways.

4. Mutual Love
True love can only come from true love. Jesus Christ has loved each of us unconditionally. Without a knowledge and belief in His unbelievably, amazing love, you will try and use your spouse’s love to get something in return. When two people are filled with the knowledge of the love of God, they can love each other…with no strings attached.

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

5. Mutual Respect
In marriage, men and women’s roles are different, yet equal in value. The Bible calls women to love men in the way that they receive it best. Men are called to love their wives to the point of death. Marriage is never about the servanthood of one and the rule of another.

6. Mutual Vulnerability
Without vulnerability, intimacy is impossible.

7. Mutual Determination
Determination to faithfulness, commitment, intimacy, and love.

8. Mutual Meekness
Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” The word meek is often associated with a weak or spineless kind of person. But to be truly meek is to think of another’s desires of well-being above your own. When two people think of the other’s interests before even their own, it creates a peaceful and joyful marriage.

9. Mutual Faithfulness
Faithfulness of body, mind, and heart. Faithfulness is commitment, loyalty, truthfulness, reliability, trustworthiness, true, and devoted. The way Christ has been faithful to us throughout all of time. In Jesus Christ, it is possible and a beautiful display of His love.

Psalm 85:10 “Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

10. Mutual Fight
Not fight against each other, but promise to fight for each other. Redemptive marriage means the world is never against you, because there is one person that is always for you and for your marriage, your spouse. In the same way that Jesus paid the ultimate price and ultimately will fight the final fight, you can display this kind of amazing love for your spouse in this area.

11. Mutual Covenant
(The following video is an excellent explanation of this point!)
A covenant is a specific kind of promise. A contract is another binding agreement that we have in our culture. A contract is temporary and breakable, made with self-protection in mind, and is about getting. A covenant is about what you can give of yourself to another, it is seen as unbreakable and lasting, and is about self-sacrificial love. Marriage is a covenant.

Piper, Carson, and Keller on Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Amazing video by Pastors John Piper, Tim Keller, and D.A. Carson on the covenant of marriage. Three pastors that I highly respect.

Here is a wonderful sermon by a wonderful man. It’s called “Redeeming Marriage.”

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Have you ever taken a “strengths finder” test? I love tests that tell me how I am (a certain curiosity the plays into Our Story).

One of my attributes that always scores extremely high is the strength called “belief.”

The short definition of this strength is:

-I highly value a set of core doctrine in my life.
-My core keeps me being a dependable, consistent, and an easy to trust person.
-I must believe in what I’m doing, or I won’t be happy or waste my time.
-Because, I’m an all-in, passionate, and driven type of gal.

It’s so true how right on these tests are. That is me! Are you this type of person?

There is something so motivating….no, moving, about believing in something. Belief is an amazingly human, yet beyond-human quality.

When I was in high school I blew my knee out. Thirteen years of competitive gymnastics had an abrupt ending. What I really lost was an identity. I felt like I was in crisis. To rehabilitate I started walking, which led me to running, and track was about the only sport left for me.

My first track meet, I took a sharpies and made a t-shirt that said, “Phil. 4:13 I can do all things…”. Even though my knee was rehabilitated, I was still missing the identity that I had placed in the thing that had failed me. What I did know is that I had to believe in something. Something more than sports. Something more than myself. Something beyond me. That’s really why I made the shirt.

The t-shirts took off. I ran out of time and markers to make them for the all the people who wanted one. I started getting them printed, and hundreds were being made long after I had graduated and moved on.

Belief resonates in all of us. We spend our lives believing in things that let us down. But there’s a knowledge that there must be something, or someone more. Something that will fill us and move us and makes us feel alive.

What do you believe in?

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I just read an amazing blog on The Resurgence website called, “11Ways to Protect Your Daughter From Barbie” by Justin Holcolmb.

This is a blog every woman should read and can apply to her life.

Please take the time to read it.copy/paste this link!



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